Here's what the press release said:
"The winner of the 2009 Fiction Award is author Nam Le for his debut book of brilliantly crafted short stories, The Boat. This book truly immerses readers in the lives of the characters and their places, cultures and customs as they each navigate their lives.
"The judges recommended this book for the daring scope and excellence of its execution, the generous breadth of its emotional and social traverse, and the excitement generated by every story.
I read and enjoyed this short story collection earlier this year, and think it is a worthy winner!
There are also lots of Aussie authors on the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award long list. They are not wrong when they call it a longlist though - it is a huge list!
Because I haven't joined a new challenge in, oh, days, I had to sign up for this one! As much as I admire all those people who have the talent and drive to write, and to participate in NaNoWriMo, I am not one of those people! Like Wendy, I am a reader, and at this point in time I don't have any ambition to do anything other than read, so I am joining
The idea is to read 5 novels during November. Given the struggle I am having to find time to read this will be a challenge!